21 February 2019
Gunnedah’s CommUNITY Carnival Day will be celebrating its third year at Woleseley Park on Saturday, 16 March, 2019.
The Carnival kicks off from 9.00am and is a great day for the whole family to participate in celebrating Harmony Day, a day of inclusiveness, belonging, respect and an opportunity to explore all of the rich and diverse aspects of cultures from around the world.
The event will include multicultural markets, food vendors and stall holders in conjunction with Two Rivers Arts Council’s Country Market Day, as well as a free jumping castle and facepainting. The Day is held in conjunction with Gunnedah’s Weeks of Speed Tractor Trek down Conadilly Street from 10.00am and the Annual Show and Shine event in the Woolworths car park from 10.30am.
Gunnedah Conservatorium and Gunnedah Shire Council have organised interactive live music workshops in Brock’s Court with Kavisha and Andrew Clearmont exploring body percussion, ukelele, Italian folk songs and collective choir techniques.
The Gunnedah community and surrounding regions are asked to come along and enjoy the day while wearing Harmony Day’s official colour, orange, to signify mutual respect, acceptance and celebration. Those who wear orange will receive a chance to put their name in the draw to win a family pass to The Civic, Gunnedah, as well as a mystery prize.
Harmony Day began in 1999 and nationally a wide variety of groups including sports organisations, community groups, Local Government, churches, schools and businesses have staged more than 55,000 events since its inception and a call is being put out for local and regional community groups, organisations, businesses and individuals to host a stall or an activity to support the days celebrations.
Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Precinct Team Leader said this year marks 20 years of Harmony Day celebrations in Australia and the key message continues – ‘Everyone Belongs’.
“Everybody is welcome in Gunnedah, it is such a friendly and accepting community and Harmony Day is an extension of Gunnedah’s welcoming nature,” Ms Mackley said.
“Harmony Day is a day where we can rejoice in our diverse community and we are asking everyone to come along be part of the day’s celebrations.”
Those who are interested in holding a stall, activity or have a site at Gunnedah’s CommUNITY Carnival Day celebrations are encouraged to contact Two Rivers Arts Council Market Co-ordinator Kyle Smith on 0439 609 502 to secure a site on the day.
If interested in performing please contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Precinct Team Leader Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100.
Photo Caption: Rebecca Ryan (Gunnedah Conservatorium), Owen Tydd (Gunnedah Rural Museum), Lauren Mackley (Gunnedah Shire Council) and Jade Punch (Gunnedah Shire Council) are busy preparing for the Gunnedah CommUNITY Carnival Day.
Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.